Sure, a picnic can include a large checkered blanket and a woven basket full of food. But sometimes, a picnic is also a bag full of snacks from the nearest bodega eaten on a park bench.
In a city that takes great initiative to preserve and expand green space – hey, we all need to escape the concrete jungle from time to time – there are countless places to unwind. The obvious picnic spots, like Central Park and Prospect Park, are already accounted for. Instead, we’ve compiled a short list of New York’s off-the-beaten-path parks to explore – from one of the city’s tiniest to some of its most unexpected.